Heroes from Solano and Yolo Counties

 

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Jeffrey Azuar
Jeffrey Azuar

JEFFREY LYNN AZUAR
Rank: Police Officer
Department: Vallejo P.D.
End of Watch: April 12, 2000
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 50
Years of Service: 21
Description: K-9 Officer Azuar and his partner went to serve an
arrest warrant on a suspect wanted on a no bail warrant. The
officers found the suspect hiding in the garage of the residence. While attempting to place the suspect under arrest, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot Officer Azuar in the head. Officer Azuar was transported to a local hospital where he was
pronounced dead.
**For an interesting story on what happened to Officer Azuar’s badge, click here.

 

Anson Burdick
Anson Burdick

ANSON GRAY BURDICK
Rank: Constable
Department: Suisun City, California, P.D.
End of Watch: September 1, 1927
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 66
Years of Service: Unk
Description: Investigating suspicious persons. Shot while checking on a transient he had found earlier.

 

James Capoot
James Capoot

JAMES LOWELL CAPOOT
Rank: Police Officer
Department: Vallejo P.D.
End of Watch: November 17, 2011
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 45
Years of Service: 21
Description: Police Officer Capoot was shot and killed during a foot
pursuit of an armed bank robbery suspect following a high speed chase. During the high speed pursuit, Officer Capoot was able to force the suspect’s vehicle to stop. The suspect exited his vehicle and fled the scene on foot, with Officer Capoot in pursuit. The suspect waited in ambush and shot Officer Capoot three times. Officer Capoot was transported to a
hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Officer Capoot was a US Marine Corps veteran, serviced in the CHP for two years and served the Vallejo PD for 19 years. He also coached the Vallejo High School girls’ basketball team to a championship.

 

Jose Cisneros
Jose Cisneros

JOSE CISNEROS
Rank: Deputy Sheriff
Department: Solano County S.O.
End of Watch: August 25, 1985
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 41
Years of Service: 14
Description: Deputy Cisneros was shot and killed while
investigating suspicious circumstances.

 

Jose Diaz
Jose Diaz

JOSE ANTONIO DIAZ
Rank: Deputy Sheriff
Department: Yolo County S.O.
End of Watch: June 15, 2008
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 37
Years of Service: 4
Description: On Sunday, June 15, 2008, at approximately 7:00 in the evening, the Davis Police Department put out a ‘be on the lookout’ for Marco Topete who was reported to be driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle. At approximately 9:30 that night, Deputy Jose Antonio Diaz located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but it failed to yield. Deputy Diaz pursued the vehicle into the town of Dunnigan, where it stopped on County Road 5 near County Road 99W in Dunnigan. After the stop was made, Deputy Diaz called for emergency backup reporting he had been shot. Marco Antonio Topete, age 35 of Arbuckle, fled on foot. A short time later backup deputies, fire units, and AMR arrived on scene.

Deputy Diaz was transported to Woodland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:55 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2008. Cause of death was a single gunshot wound of the left chest as determined by a forensic autopsy.

A massive search was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of numerous law enforcement agencies. At approximately 8:00 a.m. on June 18th, Topete was found by the Yolo County SWAT team near County Road 88 and County Road 4. He was arrested without incident and charged with first degree murder. Topete was convicted and sentenced to death for Tony Diaz’s murder.

Deputy Jose Antonio “Tony” Diaz, age 37, was sworn in as a Yolo County Deputy Sheriff on August 23, 2004. He had worked for the Yolo County Information Technology Department for several years prior to his appointment as Deputy Sheriff. Deputy Diaz was a Woodland resident and the father of three girls, ages two, four, and sixteen.

Five years after Deputy Diaz’s death, the Dunnigan rest area on Interstate 5 was dedicated to the slain Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy. Two signs were put up renaming the rest area “Deputy Tony Diaz, Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Memorial Rest Area.” The public and citizens of the Dunnigan area now have a memorial to remind them of the sacrifice that Deputy Diaz gave while doing something he loved – protecting the community.

 

William Easson, Jr.
William Easson, Jr.

WILLIAM L. EASSON JR.
Rank: Police Officer
Department: Vallejo P.D.
End of Watch: April 7, 1966
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 29
Years of Service: 5
Description: Officers Easson and Thacker were shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a local resident. The subject fled the scene but later surrendered himself to the police and was convicted of both murders. Officer Easson served the Vallejo PD for five years.

CHARLES M. HAYES
Rank: Fire Lieutenant
Department: Vallejo FD
Last Alarm: September 3, 1961
Cause: Heart attack
Description: Lt. Hayes suffered a heart attack after working long hours fighting one of Vallejo’s worst fires ever: a 10,000-15,000 acre grasslands fire from Napa Junction to Glen Cove.

 

Hale Humphrey
Hale Humphrey

HALE HUMPHREY
Rank: Deputy Sheriff
Department: Solano County S.O.
End of Watch: March 15, 1963
Cause: Struck by Vehicle (while on foot)
Age: 43
Years of Service: 11
Description: Struck by vehicle. Struck at road block.

 

Arthur Koch
Arthur Koch

ARTHUR W. KOCH
Rank: Sergeant
Department: Fairfield, California, P.D.
End of Watch: July 29, 1984
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 34
Years of Service: 5
Description: Sergeant Koch was shot and killed after being
ambushed while responding to a shots fired call.

 

Walter Leinberger
Walter Leinberger

WALTER JOHN LEINBERGER
Rank: Deputy Sheriff
Department: Yolo County Sheriff’s Office
End of Watch: November 18, 1943
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 53
Years of Service: 2
Description: On November 18, 1943, Deputy Sheriff Walter J. Leinberger, a popular deputy in the Broderick area (now known as West Sacramento) was shot to death outside a Bryte cabin where he had gone to arrest a man for burglary.

Deputy Leinberger, accompanied by his wife Zetta, was attempting to arrest 38-year-old Luis “Ironmouth” Balle, when Balle burst out of the cabin firing his pistol, slaying Deputy Leinberger as his wife watched. Mrs. Leinberger, who had never fired a gun before, took her husband’s weapon and fired six times at the gunman. She thought she missed him, as he was able to escape, but it was later discovered that she wounded him twice in the arm.

In less than twenty-four hours, authorities caught up with Balle in a Sacramento alley. During a shoot out with the lawmen, Balle sustained bullet wounds that later proved fatal.

Deputy Leinberger’s son, William, who was eleven-years-old at the time of his father’s death, joined the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in September, 1956, and retired as a sergeant in 1984.

In November 1991, county law enforcement officials gathered to dedicate the Sheriff’s new $3.5 million minimum-security center to the memory of Walter J. Leinberger.

ROBBIN MACKBEE
Rank: Fire Engineer
Department: Vallejo FD
Last Alarm: July 28, 1980
Description: Engineer Mackbee died as he fought a grass fire.
The award-winning Robbin Mackbee Firefighter Youth Academy, a Solutions For At Risk Youth (SFARY) project, is named after him.

 

Officer Brad Moody

BRADLEY MOODY
Rank: Police Officer
Department: Richmond, California, P.D.
End of Watch: October 7, 2008
Cause: Automobile Crash
Age: 29
Years of Service: 9
Description: Police Officer Moody succumbed to injuries sustained during a single-car crash in his department vehicle. Officer Moody was en route to back up a colleague at the scene of an assault in progress when he lost control of his patrol car and struck a light pole. Wet road conditions and a slight bend in the road is thought to have contributed to the crash. Officer Moody remained on life support for three days before he died. Officer Moody’s K-9 partner, Rico, also suffered serious injuries but survived.

 

VINCENT M. MURPHY
Rank: Fire Captain
Department: Vallejo FD
Last Alarm: May 28, 1939
Description: Captain Murphy suffered a heart attack while fighting two house fires on Branciforte St., just a few blocks from City Hall.

 

DANIEL SCULLY
Rank: Fire Chief Engineer
Department: Vallejo FD
Last Alarm: January 25, 1884
Description: Daniel Scully died from carbon monoxide poisoning and heart attack as he was fighting a fire on Georgia Street.

 

Calvin Thacker

CALVIN THACKER
Rank: Police Officer
Department: Vallejo Police Department
End of Watch: April 7, 1966
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 34
Years of Service: 7
Description: Officers Easson and Thacker were shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a local resident. The subject fled the scene but later surrendered himself to the police and was convicted of both murders. Officer Thacker served the Vallejo PD for 7 years.

FRANK TOAL
Rank: Night Watchman (title before policeman)
Department: Vallejo PD
End of Watch: September 2, 1896
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 35
Years of Service: 3
Description: Officer Toal was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire as he attempted to arrest an intoxicated suspect who was waving a gun inside of a saloon on lower Georgia Street. Officer Toal was shot in the chest and died of internal hemorrhaging shortly after. The suspect was also fatally wounded and died later that evening.

 

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KENYON YOUNGSTROM
Rank: Officer
Department: California Highway Patrol
End of Watch: September 5, 2013
Cause: Gunfire
Age: 37
Years of Service: 7
Description: Officer Youngstrom died as a result of a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while conducting a traffic stop. As Officer Youngstrom approached the vehicle, the driver opened fire, wounding Officer Youngstrom. Officer Youngstrom was transported to a nearby hospital where he died the next day. The suspect was shot and killed by a responding officer.